‘Laurie Makin's and Marian Whitehead's book on How to Develop Children's Literacy stands out from the usual guides on child development and learning. The language is accessible and engaging. The text is empowering rather than condescending in tone and in content. Teacher trainees and people working with children, including parents, who are wanting a good depth of information quickly about children's early literacy development will find this book provides it’ — Childforum, New Zealand. Are you studying for a vocational qualification in early childhood? Are you a qualified teacher working with under-fives for the first time? Are you a nursery nurse or teaching assistant? Or are you thinking about doing one of these things? If so, this book is for you. The years before a child starts school are crucial in establishing strong foundations for literacy. This book addresses current issues relating to early literacy. The authors offer pragmatic ideas and information on key areas including: literacy for babies and toddlers; literacy for preschool, daycare and nursery children; play; bilingualism; special needs; official curriculum frameworks. How to Develop Children's Early Literacy is a practical guide designed to support all early literacy educators.
Chapter 5: Literacy for Children in Transition to School
Literacy for Children in Transition to School
School entry is usually a mixture of stress and anxiety, excitement and anticipation. The curriculum moves from a more or less equal focus on all areas of development – social, emotional, cognitive and physical – to a primary focus on cognitive development. There is more emphasis on comparing children with other children rather than focusing on their own individual progress. There are fewer staff members in relation to the number of children in a class. Playgrounds can be large and intimidating. If they've been in a multi-age setting, the children are used to being the oldest and most competent. At school, they're the youngest and least experienced. Both parents and early childhood ...